Air New Zealand has announced that from October 2020 the airline will operate a year-round, non-stop thrice-weekly 787-9 Dreamliner service between Auckland and New York (Newark Liberty International Airport – EWR).
“The new service will provide Australian travellers with a great option to New York through Auckland where, in transit, they will remain in the same terminal. Not only that, but eligible passengers will be able to access Air New Zealand’s fabulous flagship lounge in Auckland,” says The Travel Authority Group’s Managing Director, Peter Hosper.
The inaugural flight will depart from Auckland on 29 October 2020, becoming the first ever non-stop air service between Australasia and New York.
The route is subject to final regulatory approvals and crewing agreements, and flight-time is expected to be 15 hours 40 minutes northbound, and 17 hours 40 minutes southbound.
“We know New York is a popular destination for Australians and we’re looking forward to offering a better way to fly from next October,” says Air New Zealand Acting Chief Executive Officer Jeff McDowall.
“Relaxing in Air New Zealand’s lounge in Auckland beats a US transit hands down. Then there’s our great long-haul service, which includes New Zealand wine and cuisine, lie flat beds in Business Premier, spacious Premium Economy seats and the innovative Economy Skycouch that’s perfect for families.”
Air New Zealand will operate its 787-9 ‘Code 2’ Dreamliner to New York. This aircraft has a 275-seat configuration with a higher proportion of Business Premier and Premium Economy seating.
The airline’s new Economy Stretch legroom product, and its innovative Economy Skycouch experience will be available on the Auckland-New York route.
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